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Educators who schedule dates have much more success keeping everyone on track to complete a course than those who don’t schedule dates at all. Completion rates for groups with due dates are often 60% higher than groups who just move at their own pace.

What's new

Our new and improved scheduler and reminders will help your learners plan ahead for success...and catch up if they fall behind.

Here's what is included for staff:

  • All new, easier-to-use interface that auto-saves your edits as you go
  • Send notifications for an entire lesson or for individual steps
  • You control how many notifications are sent (defaults to none)
  • You control when they are sent, down to the minute
  • You determine the audience they send to: all learners, learners who have not completed, learners who have completed
  • Add your own custom subject and body to the message for each reminder in the language of your choice (optional)
  • Lock steps or lessons with a start date (optional)
  • Mark steps or lessons as late if not completed by the end date (optional)

Here's what is included for learners:

  • Learners can see what's due in a glance
  • Learners will see a live countdown on the lesson or step if it's locked with a start date
  • Learners will receive more timely and tailored notifications by email (and by push notification on the app)

See a demo of the new Scheduler and Reminders:

How to set dates in a course

  1. Open a cohort to the Path and make sure you're in "Teach" mode.
  2. Select the "Schedule" icon on any Lesson or Step.
  3. Select your Start and/or End dates.

Once you've selected Start and/or End dates, you can optionally add reminders and customize them. Optionally lock content until the Start date is reached, or mark content as due if it should be marked late after the End date has passed. See further instructions below.

Lessons versus Steps

You can select the Schedule icon on either a Lesson or a single Step.

  • On Lessons: If you select the Schedule icon from a Lesson, you can set start and end dates on the lesson as a whole rather than on the individual steps. This can reduce the number of reminder emails that the learners receive, while still keeping them on track. If you set up reminders to send to "all incomplete," learners will need to complete the entire lesson (marking all required and optional steps) or they will receive the "incomplete" reminder.
  • On Steps: If you select the Schedule icon from an individual Step on the Path, or open a Step and select the Schedule icon in the upper right corner, the dates you set will only affect that one step. Use this if only a few steps in the lesson should be scheduled, or if the schedule varies between steps in the lesson.

Start Dates versus End Dates

Start dates are helpful if you want a class to start on a set date and release content a week at a time, or lock access to an assessment or project before a certain date. End dates are helpful for live webinar events, assessments, or for that major project that you've asked your learners to submit on time. Accountability is often the key to completion.

When you open the Schedule icon, you will see two options: Starts and Ends.

  • When setting a start date, you can optionally lock learners out of the step until the start date is reached. Toggle "Lock content until start" to the on position.
  • If you set an end date, you can optionally mark the assignment as "late" if submitted past the end date. This will display to learners and to staff. Toggle "Mark as due" to the on position.

Custom Reminders

You can optionally set up notifications to send to learners to remind them to complete the lesson or step on time.

  1. Select "Add a reminder" or open an existing reminder to edit it.
  2. Make any edits desired to your reminder.
  3. Add as many unique reminders as you'd like.

Remind - choose when to send the reminder.

Send as - choose the medium for sending the reminder.

Send to - you can send to all learners, learners who have not completed, or learners have completed. Lessons will be considered complete when all steps are completed.

Reminders will auto-fill with a default message. You can optionally overwrite the default subject line and body with your own custom text. Add curly brackets {{ to select from attributes that can auto-fill various data into your message, such as the user's name, step name, cohort name, etc.

Sample default notification:

Learners can manage their notifications if they need to make any adjustments.

What will learners see?

Learners will see the start and end dates you set on their path. The time will be noted in their local time zone. See more on scheduling for multiple time zones here.

On steps with future start dates with "Lock content until start" enabled, learners will see a lock screen and countdown if they try to access it before the start date is reached.

Steps with "Mark as due" enabled will not be locked down after the end date, but any steps that are completed past the end date will show an overdue timestamp in red letters to learners and to any staff members who are manually reviewing work, and staff can optionally apply a late penalty on scored steps that are marked late.

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